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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

More Player Movement

  This time of year there are moves every day as players are looking for jobs and teams are looking to fill holes. In one move the Jets released LB Trevor Reilly (hamstring) from their injured reserve list. The Jets also waived TE Brian Parker (failed physical). He was picked up Sunday on waivers. The Jets signed Safety Antonio Allen who was cut by the Texans. He was a 7th round draft pick in 2012 and played with the Jets from 2012-14. His claim to fame was a pick six against the Patriots in 2013. I like him but let’s see what he has left.

  The Jets finally updated their depth chart. It is quite unofficial. Here we go:


  The Jets are listing Ben Ijalana at right tackle. I'm told this has not been 100% decided.  I'm skeptical about this but we don't have many choices. Look for Ijalana and Brent Qvale to share time. The glaring weakness that I mentioned before is an already brittle Ryan Claddy at left tackle. If he goes down, Brandon Shell is listed as his back-up. Shell may develop into a good player one day but from the Eagles game you could see he is not ready for prime time. He was consistently getting beat by second and third stringers.
  Jordan Jenkins will get the start at one linebacker. Jenkins and CB Justin Burris have looked great in practice and coaches feel both are the real deal. It's interesting that Jenkins is starting but Darron Lee (#1 pick) is not. I would not put too much credence in this. Darron Lee will get significant snaps and I have high hopes for him.

What the Jet scribes are saying:

Manesh Mehta, NY Daily News

He is Punxsutawney Phil with a cup of coffee in his hands. Now that his work is done, he’ll disappear for a few months before hopefully re-emerging with some good news. Mike Maccagnan’s heavy lifting is over. He has unofficially handed over the reins of this billion-dollar outfit to Todd Bowles with a roster that must be good enough to contend for the playoffs this season.“For the most part,” Bowles said Monday in the run-up to the Jets regular-season opener against the Bengals this weekend, “I’m happy.”It’s been Groundhog Day around these parts for five years. Begin season. Play season. Lament season after missing the playoffs. Maccagnan doesn’t deserve bouquets, but he should be commended for assembling a quality, albeit unconventional 53-man roster. The Jets are in “competitive rebuild” mode, which is a fancy-schmancy way of saying that they’re trying to set a foundation for the future, while cleaning up a two-year-old mess created by Maccagnan’s predecessor.
Rich Cimini, ESPN
Forget about the backup-quarterback controversy. The Jets have a right-tackle controversy. They open the season in five days, and the Jets still are undecided on whether to start Ben Ijalana or Brent Qvale, according to Todd Bowles. They might take the unusual step of playing both on Sunday against the Bengals."Until it sorts itself out, yes," Bowles said Monday. "It's possible."So the team with four quarterbacks on the roster (unconventional) is now contemplating a two-man rotation at an offensive-line position (unorthodox). Say this for the Jets: They're not afraid to go outside the box. With incumbent Breno Giacomini (back/disc problem) on the shelf, the Jets alternated Ijalana and Qvale in the preseason. It was close to an even split, with each player starting two games. Qvale played a total of 143 snaps, Ijalana 127 (including some at left tackle). Neither player has started a game in the regular season. Ijalana, a second-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2011, spent the past three seasons as D'Brickashaw Ferguson's understudy, which means he rarely played -- only five snaps from 2013 to 2015. Qvale, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska in 2014, played 31 snaps last season, mostly as an extra tight end in the "jumbo" package. Both have support within the organization. Some prefer Qvale because he's considered more consistent than Ijalana on a down-to-down basis. Others prefer Ijalana because of his athleticism and edge in experience.

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